Acute groin pain

Acute pain in the groin or sudden onset groin pain is usually due to a strain or tear. The athlete will feel a sudden sharp pain in the groin. Groin pain, which is particularly painful can limit movement. Acute groin pain can be a shooting feeling and can be from the spine. Tendon and ligamentous injuries can also cause acute groin pain.

In some sports an increase of twisting, turning, stopping or kicking can cause acute groin pain due to over loading, tightness or an inflammatory response. Injuries with this symptom are listed below:
  • Groin Strain

    Groin Strain

    A groin strain is a tear or rupture to any of the adductor muscles on the inside of the thigh. Symptoms include a sudden sharp pain in the thigh which can range from a quite mild niggling injury to very severe injuries that are completely debilitating.

  • Spermatic Cord Torsion

    Spermatic Cord Torsion

    Spermatic cord torsion is the twisting of the testicle resulting in a reduced blood flow through the tissues which connects it to the abdomen. This can be a serious condition as a complete loss of blood flow would quite quickly result in death of the testicle.

  • Scrotal Contusion

    Scrotal Contusion

    Scrotal contusion is bleeding and bruising in the scrotum or testicles following a direct impact to the area from a ball or opponent.

  • Groin Pain

    The most common cause of pain in the groin is an acute groin strain and this is frequently seen in twisting and turning sports such as American football, rugby and soccer.  Whereas acute groin strains can take 2 to 3 weeks to recover, chronic groin injuries can take months if not years to clear up, often because there are several possible causes.